2013 Southwest Orlando Pro Summer League: Pacers Top Sixers in Matchup of Teams Heading in Totally Different Directions
By Josh Cohen
July 8, 2013
ORLANDO -- The Indiana Pacers have taken the appropriate steps in each of the last three seasons. They snapped a playoff drought in 2011, advanced to the conference semis the following year and this past season were one win away from a trip to The Finals. They now hope to take another giant step next season and eclipse the Heat or any of the other elite teams out East.
The Philadelphia 76ers, on the other hand, Indiana’s opponent on Monday at the 2013 Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League, have decided to take a step backwards for now in hopes of making huge strides down the road. After trading Jrue Holiday on draft night and reportedly choosing not to pursue Andrew Bynum in free agency, this year’s Summer League is critical for their future.
The player garnering the most attention this week for the Sixers; Michael Carter-Williams, the 11th overall pick in last month’s NBA Draft.
After his outstanding debut on Sunday when he posted 26 points and eight assists, Carter-Williams followed that up with 13 points and seven assists. But more importantly, he didn’t commit a single turnover, an item of concern going into his NBA career.
While Philly fell to a Solomon Hill-led Pacers squad, 96-75, the point guard’s poise and control was striking. He didn’t shoot it well – just 4-for-20 from the floor – but that’s rather insignificant when you weigh in what the Sixers are hoping from their floor general in the years ahead.
Indiana’s youngsters were solid as well. Hill tallied 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting in the victory, while Miles Plumlee finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Orlando Johnson, who earned playing time for the Pacers last season, scored 13.
They all hope to become serviceable role players next season in Indiana on an already deep and balanced squad.
Khalif Wyatt paced the Sixers with a game-high 25 points on 11-of-18 shooting. Arnett Moultrie added 17 points and nine rebounds.
Philadelphia’s young crop of talent will look for its first win of the week on Wednesday when they clash against Oklahoma City. Indiana will next play Tuesday versus Boston.